Write down these words. Exodus 34:27
But rarely do they end up published like they emerge. They need a metaphor here or a Scripture tucked in there for better clarity. RB reads through the initial drafts with questions, "What did you mean here?" or "I think this word works better."
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When I became a Christian, God changed me, but there was plenty of maturing that followed. Tidbits of ideas and personal interpretations from sermons I've heard through the years tumble around in my head. Some of them are discarded by the Holy Spirit when they don't stand the Scripture test. Others I find mated with God's approval, ready to accept in my heart and assimilate into daily living.
This awareness helps me listen more closely to the whispers of my Heavenly Father. "Why did you speak so sharply?" "Why didn't you offer grace?" And in my heart of honesty I find that I need those corrections, remembering God loves those He disciplines (Proverbs 3:12).
It is then, through Grace, that the manuscript of my life shines authentically. Only then the God-breathed words I write become not my own, but His. My words, devoid of my pride, change from my original intention into a "Behold, I make all things new." I look at my manuscript and wonder, Did I write this? And I know the credit belongs to God.
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From Old to New
I had an idea and went searching for an "old" that could become new. At one thrift store I found the candlesticks and a pumpkin. In another I found the second pumpkin. Emily found the third one in Marion. The paint I found on clearance at Walmart. The Krazy Glue I found in RB's stash of glue -- Do all men love glue or are my daddy and RB the only ones with stashes?
The steps are easy:
Ask husband to spray paint candle sticks.
Glue one to the bottom of each pumpkin.
Dry and fill.
In my writing, the credit goes to God. In my crafting this project, the credit goes to Eighteen25. Check out the blog of three sisters: Jamie, Jodie and Jen. They are always crafting something fun that I want to craft-lift.